COVID Updates in District 35
We thank our parents and staff members for working with us to ensure an efficient COVID testing process prior to the return to in-person instruction. Within our process, we identified two staff and seven student positive COVID-19 cases in our community. All cases have followed required health protocols prior to returning to the school environment.
Our diligence with all mitigation factors remains a priority as we continue with our in-person learning. Please help us by keeping your child home if they are experiencing any symptoms or if anyone in the home is awaiting COVID test results due to symptoms. We are following all exclusion guidelines through the Illinois Department of Public Health with regard to school attendance and quarantine. Please contact your school nurse with any questions or concerns.
District 35 is working with our Regional Office of Education and the Cook County Department of Public Health to provide COVID-19 vaccination options to all school employees. We are pleased to share that registration for phase 1b opened today and many staff members are scheduling vaccination appointments for the coming weeks. As a reminder, the full vaccination process includes two doses spread 21 or 28 days apart. It is our plan to support all employees who seek the vaccine to complete the process by mid-March. Parallel to the vaccination process, we continue to review health guidance and consider additional in-person learning opportunities in our schools. We will share an update on the vaccination process and learning plans for the remainder of the year at our February 4, 2021, Board of Education meeting.
Let’s continue to support one another as we navigate this unique year with care.
Winter Weather Reminders
Safety is always the primary focus in deciding whether to keep schools open and continue with learning in our classrooms. Please click here to read additional details about the factors considered for school closings in District 35. In the event that a school closing is warranted, we will make every effort to notify families no later than 5:00 am.
In the event that the weather forces a disruption to hold in-person learning, District 35 would implement an E-Learning Day as approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. Such a day would operate as a full remote learning day with staff and students accessing their typical schedule remotely. All information would be provided by 8:00 am from your child’s teacher via Schoology.
Return to In-Person Learning
We are pleased to have our in-person learners back at our schools. Please help us to reinstate the protocols that allow us to safely operate within our schools:
Complete Your Child’s Daily Symptom and Temp Check Stickers
Please resume the daily check and ensure your child has a signed and dated sticker on the outermost layer of clothing for quick verification upon entry. Review the SCREENING REMINDERS here.
Stay Home When Sick
Please help us by keeping your child home if they are experiencing any symptoms or if anyone in the home is awaiting COVID test results due to symptoms. We are following all exclusion guidelines through the Illinois Department of Public Health with regard to school attendance and quarantine. Please contact your school nurse with any questions or concerns.
Follow Safe Practices in our Community
Wear Your Mask. Wash Your Hands. Watch Your Distance. Avoid non-essential travel and gatherings outside of your household. Taking these steps together as a community supports the health and safety of all. Please check that your child has a few back-up masks ready to go in their backpack. If your child requires new masks, please reach out to your school as we have plenty on hand to share.
Let’s continue to support one another as we navigate this unique year with care.
Mark Your Calendar - February 3rd
Please note, we have removed 2/3/21 as a School Improvement Half-Day. Students will follow the typical hybrid schedule on February 3, 2021.
Update on Quarantine Guidance for Close Contacts/Travel
January 4, 2021
Please note that the Cook County Department of Public Health and Illinois Department of Public Health have released updated guidance in response to the recent Centers for Disease Control guidance revision.
For close contacts and travel, the 14-day quarantine is still highly recommended; however, the state and local health departments have advised our local districts that it is acceptable to follow the alternate quarantine time periods due to our effective mitigation efforts. For the purposes of quarantine, TRAVEL refers to out-of-state or out-of-country travel that extends beyond 24 hours.
Beginning on January 19th, the following revised quarantine timelines will be in effect for our students if they have been deemed a close contact or have traveled:
-A 10-day quarantine and an absence of all symptoms during any day of the daily monitoring period is required. The student may return to school on the 11th day. While a shortened time period of quarantine is available for adults who also complete a RT-PCR test, this option is not allowed for children.
As always, please contact your school nurse directly with any questions.
Exclusion Guidance from IDPH
On January 4, 2021, the school guidance for responding to COVID-19 cases or symptoms was updated by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Our schools work with the Cook County Department of Public Health to respond using the following criteria:
If a student is sent home sick with suspected COVID-19 symptoms during a school day the IDPH guidelines also require that all siblings must also be sent home and quarantine until an alternative diagnosis is made or a negative COVID test result is received. Due to community transmission levels, if an individual is a close contact to a confirmed case or experiencing symptoms, documentation of a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result is needed. Our school nurse will provide all information when a child is sent home. Our nurse will also remain in contact with the family to ensure appropriate next steps are followed to return to school.
Tech Help While at Home
Please SUBMIT any tech support needs to eHelp. Please share as much detail as possible to allow our team to support your needs.
Reminders from District 35
Please take a few minutes to review the information included below for our online experiences.
We are grateful for the many ways we are working together to support our learning community during the weeks ahead. Please continue to reach out to your child’s teacher and building principal if you have questions specific to your child’s daily routines.
District 35 is seeking daily substitutes to support our hybrid in-person learning model. Are you interested in supporting this option in our schools? Please:
- Apply online for the SUBSTITUTE position
- Complete the additional documentation and secure a license
We look forward to increasing options within our schools to support student learning. Thank you!
Frequently Asked Questions
We appreciate the many questions which have been shared regarding our plans for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year. In order to more thoroughly address these, we have prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document. This reflects the latest information from CDC and the Illinois State Board of Education as of July 26, 2020. We will continue to update this as additional information is shared to guide our planning.
SAVE the DATES!
Summer Explorations 2021 is scheduled to run in-person at Central School from June 14th-July 9th. Classes begin at 9:00 AM and conclude at 12:00 PM. Students will be off on Monday, July 5th.
February 24th - a preview of course offerings to be posted
March 22nd - registration will open at 9:00 AM
June 7th-June 9th - limited, late registration
Please visit the Summer Explorations 2021 website to access the preview and registration portal, as well as a list of past Summer Explorations course offerings. Please reach out to Ben Baird at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 847-835-7803, with any Summer Explorations 2021 questions.
Family Service of Glencoe Virtual Events
Family Service of Glencoe is pleased to sponsor two upcoming virtual events. Click here to learn about The Importance of Advance Directives and Having “The Conversation” taking place on January 26th. Click here to learn more about How to Help Your Teen Make the Drug-Free Choice taking place on January 28th.
Community Solar Program
Glencoe residents and small businesses now have the opportunity to save money and help develop renewable energy thanks to Illinois’ largest municipally sponsored community solar program. Click here for more information about this program and how to join.
Technology in our Schools
This year all our Kindergarten through 8th-grade students have been issued District 35 iPads and our teachers will be using several tools to streamline information and resources for students and families. Watch this short video for an overview of Clever and Schoology information on parent access to Schoology. Additional information on Schoology can be found in A Parent’s Guide to Schoology.
If you need assistance accessing your parent Schoology account, please email email@example.com.
Family Service of Glencoe Support
If you are homebound and need help, Family Service of Glencoe is here for you!
Please let Family Service of Glencoe know if you are unable to go out and need help of any kind such as food, medicine or other supplies while staying home. If you are feeling isolated, do not hesitate to call. You may reach out to Bill Hansen at Family Service of Glencoe at 847-835-5111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is staffed Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.